Big Bend Shellfish Trail - Cedar Key (Walking/Golf Cart)

Explore the world of shellfish and shellfisheries on this walking tour of historic Cedar Key!

Big Bend Shellfish Trail - Cedar Key (Walking/Golf Cart)

Cedar Key, Florida 32625, United States

Created By: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Tour Information

The uniqueness of the beautiful coastal village of Cedar Key and its cultural heritage is ready to be discovered! The Big Bend Shellfish Trail guides you through points of interest where you can learn about Florida shellfish, aquaculture, marine environments and how you can protect the water quality that makes shellfish thrive!

Learn more about where to eat and where to buy local shellfish. Keep an eye out for the many areas along the trail where you can view working waterfronts of shellfish farmers/fishermen and beautiful coastal landscapes and vistas. It’s all waiting for you to explore!

Upload your photos using the tag #floridashellfishtrail and share what you are learning as you visit communities along the trail.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Calling all seafood lovers! The Big Bend Shellfish Trail is a gastronomical exploration of dock-to-table destinations along the Big Bend coast. By following the longest shellfish trail in the U.S. and first in Florida, you can eat your fil... Read more
Welcome to the working waterfront, where local shellfishers work the waters using specialized boats and equipment. Visit this kisok to read more about the region's iconic "bird dog boat", the workhorse of the local clam and oyster aquacultu... Read more
Look out over the railing by these kisoks toward Dog Island. Do you see the PVC poles on the horizon? These are clam farms. Growing there, millions of hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, tended by local aquaculture growers. Oysters and clam... Read more
While horseshoe crabs are not shellfish, exactly, and no one eats them, they are an important part of the ecological setting of Cedar Key. This kiosk explains more information about horseshoe crabs. The beach beyond the panel, the City Park... Read more
Crab fisheries represent another important group of fisheries in Cedar Key, especially since WWII. Stone crabs are one of Florida's most unique commodities. Only the claws are harvested and stone crab claws are only available certain times... Read more
The Discovery Room is a small exhibit space at the University of Florida's Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS). If the Discovery Room is open to visitors, stop in and check out the exhibits. You'll find one about clam aquaculture where... Read more
If open, stop in to the Chamber of Commerce to get more information about local shellfish. The helpfull staff have the most up-to-date information about restauraunts serving local shellfish options and vendors where you can buy your own. If... Read more


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